Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
by Fr. Ivan Olmo

“Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.” Think about your worst fear. You know, that thing you fear the most. That thing or person that causes you to have sleepless nights, over eat, weep uncontrollably when you are all alone. What is the worst that could happen? You lose your job, they find out you lied, you are humiliated? Well, that could happen. But never forget that God loves you, he really loves you. God will never abandon you. God will save you. God’s plan is to have you with him for all eternity in his Kingdom. A place where there is no fear, no crying, no hurting, no pain, no dying. So even if your worst fear comes to pass, the Good News is that you still end up with God. We fear hurt, pain, embarrassment and loss. That stuff really scares and disables us.  But with God, there is endless love and mercy, peace and consolation even in moments of fear and hurt, embarrassment and loss. God’s grace and God’s gifts are more abundant than all our fears combined. Where there is fear, there is much more grace. When we are frightened, God’s arm holds us even tighter. When we are scared, know that we are never alone for God is with us. He will never abandon you. The things that should frighten us the most is our pride and our numbness to sin. These separate us from God’s gracious gifts, from his holy presence, from his amazing grace and that should really scare us. We need God. We really need him. We cannot live without him. Holy Fear is our strength in moments of temptation, in moments of doubt, in moments of pride and even moments of sin. In these moments, God’s grace floods us with the knowledge that he loves us, the understanding that God is greater than all our fears, the wisdom to overcome our sin and the strength to get over our prideful condition. But we must cooperate with God’s grace. We must become meek and humble of heart like Jesus and surrender to the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Fear can disable us, imprison us, shut us down, cause fatigue and fill us with anxiety but only if we let it. Jesus says, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.” God is always with us. He never leaves us alone. In stressful moments, or in moments of great fear and anxiety, say a prayer. Say to Jesus: Jesus, I trust in you!

Reflections from the Heart – February 28, 2021

Reflections from the Heart - February 28, 2021
Second Sunday in Lent “Jesus led them up a high mountain apart by themselves.” A retreat is a wonderful opportunity ...

Reflections from the Heart – February 21, 2021

Reflections from the Heart - February 21, 2021
First Sunday in Lent “Return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning.” I ponder these ...

Ash Wednesday Reflection – February 17, 2021

Ash Wednesday Reflection - February 17, 2021
Ash Wednesday  “What are you giving up for Lent?” We often hear this familiar question this time of year and ...

Reflections from the Heart – February 14, 2021

Reflections from the Heart - February 14, 2021
Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time “I turn to you, Lord, in time of trouble, and you fill me with the ...

Reflections from the Heart – February 7, 2021

Reflections from the Heart - February 7, 2021
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time “Job spoke, saying: My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle; they come to an ...

Reflections from the Heart – January 31, 2021

Reflections from the Heart - January 31, 2021
Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time “Brothers and sisters: I should like you to be free of anxieties.” Do you know ...

Reflections from the Heart – January 24, 2021

Reflections from the Heart - January 24, 2021
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time “Teach me your ways, O Lord.” Are you teachable or have you learned all you ...

Reflections from the Heart – January 17, 2021

Reflections from the Heart - January 17, 2021
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time “Brothers and sisters: Do you not know that... you are not your own? For you ...

Reflections from the Heart – January 10, 2021

Reflections from the Heart - January 10, 2021
The Baptism of the Lord “I have baptized you with water; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” Our ...

Reflections of the Heart – January 3, 2021

Reflections of the Heart - January 3, 2021
The Epiphany of the Lord “We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage.” The ...

Reflections from the Heart – December 27, 2020

Reflections from the Heart - December 27, 2020
The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph “We saw his star at its rising and have come to do ...

Reflections from the Heart – December 20, 2020

Reflections from the Heart - December 20, 2020
The Fourth Sunday in Advent “God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, so that everyone who ...